Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated with books that are written in the form of journals or letters. This kind of book made me feel like I was looking inside someone else’s life in a different way than if that person were just telling me a story. It felt a little like eavesdropping on their life.
It wasn’t until much later in life that I discovered that there is a name for this type of book -- it’s called an “epistolary novel.” (Epistle is an old-fashioned name for a letter, so I’m assuming that’s how the name came about.) Nowadays, this type of book may incorporate not only letters and journals, but also social media posts, emails and texts.
I’m glad to have this opportunity to share some of my favorite epistolary novels with you!
Branch Manager, Dennis Memorial Branch of the Sussex County Library System